DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — June is here and that means the Future Masters is coming up at the end of the month.
476 of the best young golfers will tee off for the 72nd Annual Press Thornton Future Masters.
Just under 1,000 players ages 8-18 applied to participate in the tournament at Dothan Country Club.
“We still have 270, 280 that want to play,” Tournament Director Kevin Klein said. “They’ll sit here on the first tee box if they can just hoping someone doesn’t show up so obviously we’re doing something right. They enjoy the event and they enjoy the history of the event. It’s super well run and it’s a great field.”
This year 30 states and six countries will be represented. Georgia leads the states with 108 players while both Florida and Alabama have 88 players participating. Ten players from the Wiregrass will play in the competition.
Klein’s students say this tournament’s field is more challenging than any other.
“It’s the best of the best of every division is here,” Klein said. “That’s why we have 30 states coming and six different countries coming. We bring in the best players we can get here.”
Multiple former Future Masters players have gone on to play on the PGA Tour–including Stewart Cink who was crowned the champion of the Wiregrass tournament in 1990 and 1991.
He is the last person to win the tournament in back to back years. He says this tournament helped propel him to success in his professional career.
“Playing against the best players in any given sport or any given line of work, whatever you choose to do, competing against the best is where you find out what you’re really made out of,” Cink said. “That’s what the Future Masters offered me.
Defending champion Carter Loflin is a possible favorite to come out on top again this year.
The tournament tees off June 19 and runs through June 26. For more information visit futuremastersgolf.com